By Chauncey Telese
Before I begin to review "Bruno," ask yourself the following questions:
- Did "Borat" offend you?
- Did it shock and appall you?
- In spite of whatever hilarious and disgusting things that Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat" said or did, were you laughing?
If the answer to the third question is a resounding yes than you will definitely want to say "vassup" to Cohen's other character to be adapted from HBO's "Da Ali G Show", Bruno.
I thoroughly enjoyed the 82 minutes (shorter than I would've liked) of "Bruno" as it continued to display the comedic genius of Cohen and proved that he is one of the bravest comics working today.
First, lets provide a little background on who "Bruno" is. He is a nineteen year-old Austrian fashion host who also happens to be an over-the-top homosexual. He is an egomaniac and refers to himself in the third person. He hosts a program called "Funkytime" and after a disastrous incident at a major fashion show in Milan where he wore an all Velcro suit, he loses his credibility, his assistant, and partner Diesel.
Deciding that his life in Austria is over he decides to take his assistant's assistant Ludwig to America in hopes of becoming a celebrity. This, of course, leads him to desperately try everything in order to become famous.
Like "Borat" this film relies on the technique of making people the unsuspecting targets of his various antics. For instance, in Bruno's first day he tries to get his own "TMZ" style show that features a hilarious encounter with a famous action hero (I won't spoil this or other neat cameos). He makes a show that could not be in any poorer taste and has an unsuspecting focus group comprised of elderly people watch it to see if it has any network potential.
He also tries to become an actor and gets a job as an extra on "Medium." After these attempts fail, he tries to take up a fashionable cause in the vein of George Clooney and Brangelia, attempting to bring peace to the middle east. These and other antics prove to be crude, hilarious, and quite uncomfortable for the audience.
What makes this movie, and what made "Borat" great were that they exposed the less evolved side of America. Both characters expose the underbelly of bigotry, homophobia, and hate-filled members of society. He doesn't enlighten anyone but instead allows them to show who they really are by making himself a caricature of everything they hate.
If you have kids or are made uncomfortable by excessive profanity, nudity, crude or other lewd jokes do not see this film.
Thank you for reading and please stay tuned as I begrudgingly wade through wizards and muggles when I see "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince."